On 12 August, 2017 AzmeNaujawan (AeN) officially launched their youth program on the special occasion of International Youth Day. It is a program spearheaded by a consortium of 10 civil society organizations, launched to address the disengaged state of youth in Karachi. AeN managed to bring together over 1000 youths from all over Karachi, as well as member of civil society organizations and key government officials for the event. Notable celebrities were also present to show their support for this program.
The ceremony was commenced by Sidra Iqbal – prominent journalist and activist – introducing AeN as an exemplary initiative that offers holistic training to the youth to develop their professional and entrepreneurial skills, and provide them with a platform for personal growth opportunities.
The objective of the program is to train around 1100 youth from Karachi over a period of six months across six districts of the city.
“AeN is not just a pledge, but a comprehensive action plan undertaken by civil society organizations to train youth, and help them find solutions in the form of social action projects and campaigns,” Iqbal stated.
All consortium members were invited to discuss the most pressing youth issues as per their understanding and also elaborated their organization’s contributions to the Azme Naujawan’s action plan. Representatives of consortium members also answered various questions about the program asked by the audience and media personnel.
This was followed by success stories of determined and passionate individuals, who believed in themselves, and accomplished their goals against all odds.
Dr. Nafisa Shah, the chief guest of the ceremony, launched the official website of AeN in the event. She stated, “I am proud to be part of this program as AeN is a much needed initiative that will address the issues faced by youth. I have full faith in AeN consortium to deliver what they have promised.”
The launch ceremony concluded on a high note as Kaifi Khalil, enthralled the audiences with his performance.